Jan 24, 2017

Philip and Jordan || Safford, AZ DIY Wine and Gold Wedding

The first time I met Jordan in person was walking into the salon where she was getting her hair and makeup done for her wedding. From that first moment she was warm, friendly, and incredibly sweet! Even with some butterflies, she laughed with her bridesmaids, kept calm, and enjoyed her day completely! It didn’t take long at all to see just how much everyone around adores her. And oh, the look in Philip’s eyes when he saw his bride for the first time coming up the aisle, you knew instantly that he was head over heels. The two of them together are amazing. They have the sweetest chemistry and kindness, the kind of couple that people are just drawn to. All through the day Jordan would ask me, and many others, how we were, if we needed anything, and if she could get us something. They have a love and compassion for all those around them! And with the church packed to standing room only, it was evident that I wasn’t the only one who noticed this about them. After the ceremony they expressed their amazement at how many people came to see them married and to lend their love and support. It blew them away.

Jordan and Philip’s wedding was full of gorgeous wine and gold details, DIY decorations, pallet decor made by Philip’s father, and the most heartfelt tributes to Jordan’s father who had passed away two years ago. Every detail was in place and added up to such a gorgeous wedding.

This bridal party was a hoot! They all got along, banded together, and had the best dance moves! I LOVED the styles of the dresses each bridesmaid picked as well! They were all awesome!

This was one of the coldest days we’ve had this winter (when there’s snow falling in southern Arizona, you know it’s a cold day!), but they smiled and took it all in with such grace and joy. Nothing was going to mess up their day. During pictures Jordan said, “We only get married once. I can be cold for 30 minutes while we take pictures!” I could have hugged her death.

As we moved into this next pose Philip said, “Oh, this is one we’re really bad at. We just can’t do it.” Baloney. They NAILED it! These two were so photogenic and elegant! I think they surprised themselves!

Driving from the church to the reception venue, I came up the hill out of the valley and got instantly excited. Since I was alone in the car I think I even yelled. The sun had just broken through the clouds over Mt. Graham and the desert glowed. I pulled into the reception venue and called Philip. No answer. So I called Jordan. No answer. So I texted. No answer. Oh well. It would have been fun. And then about 10 minutes later I get a phone call from Jordan. “We came up the hill, saw the mountain and clouds and went to call you and saw your message! Let’s do it!!” Best couple ever! So we parked in a nearby parking lot and walked out into the gorgeous desert for some final portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Ornelas!

The way their families transformed the building into the reception was amazing! All the DIY details and work was so fun and fit them well! From the photo booth in the corner, to the table of pictures and mementos of Jordan’s Dad, to the handmade pallet decor, and the AMAZING cake stand…everything was perfect!

You guys. This cake blew everyone’s mind!! So many of the guests were floored when they realized this was the cake and not a log. And, not only is it beautiful, but it was DELICOUS! Torey (Cakes with TLC) is a cake boss!

The servers for dinner were an extra special team of of youth. Or two teams I should say! Jordan and Philip coach football and softball, and these are their team kids! How cool is that?!


This was the funniest garter toss I’ve EVER SEEN! No one had any idea what was coming. It appeared at first the Philip couldn’t find the garter. He came out a few times looking confused, and Jordan kept pointing to her leg “It’s right here!”. The crowd was already giggling. Then he emerged with a negligee, everyone busted up. Next he popped out with a softball, and then a bottle of champagne. The guests were rolling!

Jordan’s first dance with her Mom was so sweet and touching.

Philip and Jordan, you’re day was beautiful! Thank you so much for inviting me into such a sweet moment in your life together. I loved the hugs from your Moms, watching everyone dance, seeing the admiration everyone there has for you, and feeling your love and kindness. You two are amazing!

Wedding Dress Store: DAVID’S BRIDAL
Hair Stylists: Sonya Medina and Erica Bryant with HEADQUARTERS SALON
Groom’s Attire: MEN’S WAREHOUSE
Coordinator: SYDNEE OWENS
Videographer: SANTA CRUZ MEDIA

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  1. Karen

    January 24th, 2017 at 2:48 pm


  2. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Aren’t they a gorgeous couple?! I loved working with them!

  3. Dedra

    January 24th, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    What a beautiful story of their love and the pictures are even prettier. Your eye is amazing.

  4. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you!! Even with less than ideal weather, these two just shone and it was amazing!

  5. Melissa Dodge

    January 24th, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Jordan, my eyes filled with tears looking at your beautiful pics! What an amazing day for you! Congratulations!!!

  6. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    It was such an honor to work with Philip and Jordan! What an amazing couple!

  7. Torey Cranford

    January 24th, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Every time I get the opportunity to work with you I am in love! How you captured the love between these two is so beautiful! Jordan and Phillip both are glowing!

  8. Marquette LaRee

    January 24th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    The feeling is mutual! I did a happy dance when I saw it was one of your cakes!!

  9. Angela Naylor

    January 24th, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful day, pictures really tell it all! Jordan you looked absolutely stunning and beamed with happiness, it’s just the beginning for you two. Here’s to many years of happiness!

  10. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Their day really was so lovely! They are an amazing couple!

  11. Jill

    January 24th, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! Love her dress!!

  12. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Her dress was perfect on her!!

  13. Stella Throop

    January 25th, 2017 at 7:39 am

    What a fun day!! Those portraits in the desert are STUNNING!

  14. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Thank you! I love the desert!

  15. Ashley Durham

    January 25th, 2017 at 9:32 am

    What a lovely DIY wedding!!!

  16. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Thank you! All their DIY touches were so fun and amazing!

  17. Holly

    January 25th, 2017 at 9:46 am

    So sweet! I just love those portraits in the desert with the mountains behind! Lovely!!

  18. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Thank you! The desert was so gorgeous after the rain and with the sun peeking through!

  19. Karen

    January 25th, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Gorgeous wedding! I love that bride’s hair!

  20. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Thank you! Her hair is so gorgeous (wedding day and non wedding)!

  21. Misty

    January 25th, 2017 at 11:43 am

    What a pretty wedding!!! I love her shoes!!!!!

  22. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Yes, those shoes were awesome! I loved the color!

  23. D @ Be You and Thrive

    January 26th, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Wow! What a gorgeous bride and groom! Lovely photos captured and happiness all around! Thanks for sharing Marquette!


  24. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Thank you! It was such a joyful day through and through!

  25. Candi

    January 27th, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Beautiful wedding!

  26. Joanna M

    February 1st, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Beautiful details.

  27. Marquette LaRee

    February 2nd, 2017 at 11:37 am

    They had fun ideas for their wedding for sure!

  28. Sara O'Hara

    February 6th, 2017 at 9:03 am

    LOVE these!! And that locket on her bouquet is perfect!